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Grilled Pork Chops with Alton Brown's Pork Chop Brine

A great way to add flavor and keep your pork chops juicy.


  • Two bone in pork chops

Ingredients for the brine:

  • scaled down for two pork chops
  • 1/2 cup of salt a bit less if you want
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 T whole peppercorns
  • 1/2 T ground mustard
  • 1 cup of boiling hot microwaved apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 lb of ice cubes yes I weighed them out


  • To make the brine I mixed the salt, brown sugar, ground mustard, and pepper into a decent sized plastic bowl. I then microwaved 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and poured it over the dry ingredients and gave them a nice mix to dissolve everything. Then I tossed in the ice cubes so I wouldn’t be cooking my pork chops in boiling brine. Finally the pork chops went into the brine and the whole thing went into the fridge for 2 hours (no more than 2 hours or you’ll have a salty mess).
  • Rinse pork chops under cold water to remove excess salty brine.
  • Grill until done.
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